Hardacre Farm’s Indy Wind, the 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy who has been a Monmouth favorite for four seasons now, will have another chance to get his first graded victory in the 73rd running of the $300,000 Iselin Stakes (G3) here on Aug. 16. But to get there, he’ll go in Saturday’s $70,000 Skip Away Stakes, the Iselin prep he won last year.
“We’ll keep going with him as long as he’s healthy,” said owner-trainer Amy Tarrant. “He’s feeling good, and this is his last year of racing, so he’ll keep on running.”
Indy Wind has won eight career races, six of them at Monmouth, and five stakes races, all ungraded. This will be his third start in the mile and a sixteenth Skip Away. Last year, he won by three lengths and in 2006, his first try, he was beaten five lengths by the accomplished Park Avenue Ball.
Graded success has eluded the horse, however. Last year, he ran third in the Grade 3 Salvator mile after winning the Frisk Me Now Stakes, and third in the Iselin after winning the Skip Away. This year, he again won the Frisk Me Now, but then ran fourth in the Salvator Mile.
“There has been some interest in him as a stallion,” Tarrant said, “and my goal for him has been to win a graded stakes before he retires.”